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Language Overview

Korean, spoken in South Korea, belongs to the Koreanic language family. It has about 51 million speakers. Korean uses Hangul, a unique script developed in the 15th century. It is also spoken in North Korea, with some dialectical differences.
Market Insights
In South Korea, there’s a high consumption of digital media, including online streaming platforms like Netflix and local services. K-pop and K-dramas are globally popular, reflecting a significant cultural export. Technology adoption is very high among all age groups.
Cultural Context
Korean culture values respect and hierarchy, which is reflected in its language through honorifics and levels of formality. Avoiding direct confrontation and understanding social cues are important. The Seoul dialect is considered standard.
Writing System and Typography
The script is Hangul, consisting of 24 letters formed into syllable blocks. It flows left to right (LTR). Typography considerations include clarity and simplicity, reflecting the modern and technological image of South Korea.
Phonetics and Phonology
Korean phonetics is characterized by its simple vowel system and lack of consonant clusters at the beginning of syllables. Non-native speakers often find the pitch accent and the distinction between aspirated and unaspirated consonants challenging.
Grammatical Structure
Korean typically follows a Subject-Object-Verb (SOV) structure. It employs agglutination, where grammatical markers are attached to the stem of words. Korean does not inflect for gender, and the use of particles is crucial for indicating grammatical relationships.
Media and Text Layout
Korean often experiences text expansion in translation, with an average of 10-15% longer than English. Subtitling in Korean requires attention to spacing and timing due to the syllable block structure of Hangul. The recommended character count per line is around 16-18.
Localization Challenges
Challenges include maintaining the nuances of Korean honorifics and cultural references. Localization often requires deep cultural understanding, especially for content like K-dramas that are rich in cultural contexts.
Technical Considerations
Encoding in Korean requires support for Hangul characters. Compatibility with software and digital platforms is generally high, but attention must be paid to the correct rendering of Hangul.
Other information
An interesting cultural point is the global phenomenon of Hallyu, or the Korean Wave, which has led to a worldwide interest in Korean culture, language, and entertainment, especially K-pop and K-dramas.
Our Human Voices
  • KOREM01Chang
  • KOREM02Minjun
  • KOREM07DANBI
  • KOREF08Haneul
  • KOREF10Lera
  • KOREF11SCHE
  • KOREF12KunChi
  • KOREF13HyeLy
  • KOREM04DONG YUL
  • KOREF07Hwa Young
  • KOREF09Mi Cha
  • KOREM06Chin Mae
  • KOREM07Dong Sun
  • KOREM11Kwang
  • KOREM08Gi
  • KOREM05BAE
  • KOREM10Jung
  • KOREM09Eunji
  • KORM10Juno
  • KOREF15Jennifer
  • KOREF14Seung
  • KOREM17Joonwoo
  • KORFE01SUN1
  • KOREM12Doyun
  • KOREM13Hajoon
  • KOREM14Minjun
  • KOREM15Juwon
  • KOREM16Jiho
  • KOREM18Siwoo
  • KOREM19Seojun
  • KOREF16Aejung
  • KOREF17Bitna
  • KOREF18Chaewon
  • KOREF19Bora
  • KOREF20Hyorin
  • KOREF21Nayoung
  • KOREF22Chunja
  • KOREF23Jina
  • KOREF24Soyi
  • KOREM20June
  • KOREM22Tomy
  • KOREM21Sam
  • KOREM12Kim
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